Prof. Leanne D. Chen (Curriculum Vitae)
Growing up, Leanne was mesmerized by mathematics and loved solving puzzles with her grandfather. She attended the Toronto-based TOPS Program in high school and enjoyed (perhaps more so than the regular curriculum) participating in activities such as bridge and the Rubik's Cube Club. She found her affinity for chemistry while attending Queen's University and was able to combine these two subjects in an NSERC-USRA project, a collaboration between Nicholas J. Mosey and Suning Wang. She decided to continue pursuing her interest in Computational Chemistry during her PhD at Stanford University, where she focused on unravelling the discharge mechanisms of batteries and the second-order effects of electrolyte in catalysis under the tutelage of Jens K. Nørskov. She then drove six hours southeast to the California Institute of Technology for her Postdoctoral Scholarship and further augmented her training in the group of Thomas F. Miller III. She looks forward to returning home to Canada to start her independent career in 2020. In her spare time, Leanne enjoys taking photos, playing the piano, and finding ways to be creative in all aspects of life.